When Erika pointed out that this week’s Tuesdays on the Run topic was Taking a Running Break I had to laugh a little.
You see, Wednesday is National Running Day! ?But two out of three of your hosts have been taking much-needed running breaks.
You see the irony? ?Don’t worry- April is still on the move!
So tell us about your break from running- and if you’ve never done that, don’t worry, link up any running related post.
Dear Running, It’s Not You- It’s Me
Somewhere in the middle of the Star Wars half marathon I had this talk with myself. ?Basically, it was my come to Jesus moment of running:
Shenanigans, you’re done!
I had my reasons. ?I won’t bother you with all of them.
It came down to the simple fact that I didn’t want to train anymore. ?I still wanted to run the races and be part of the community, but the day-to-day training held no joy.
And I really cannot run a half marathon with no training. ?I’m not that person. ?Heck- running them WITH training is hard enough for me!
So I took a break from running. ?We talked about this during the Spring Training post a few weeks back.
That’s a whole lotta not running going on there!
I gained some weight. ?Then I lost some weight. ?Now I’m back to the same weight I was a year ago. Le sigh- but that’s a whole different post.
Last week the running itch started up again.
I tried to remind myself:
It didn’t work. ?Just like Rachel, my mind and body weren’t buying it.
I had to scratch that itch.
And it wasn’t bad- not bad at all!
Slow, yes. And I kept it short at 2 miles. ?But it was good.
The whole act of laying out my clothes the night before, getting up before the sun, leaving the house on my own and heading out was a wonderful feeling.
Plus I got to see this again.
I think my break is over.
I think it’s time to run again.
And I think the break served the purpose.
I want to train again.
I want to see the times get faster and feel the breathing get easier as I improve. ?I’m even considering a few September half marathon options- which is insanity on my part.
You know, since this is what I’m looking at:
Oh, your eyes aren’t messed up. ?That’s some 90-degree weather at 10pm at night buuulllllll crap going on right there.
Ah well… it was a nice break while it lasted.
Have you ever taken a running break? ?How long did you last before you went back to the road?
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)